A few days before Obama’s planned trip to the Middle East and a week after his hasty, hush-hush meeting with the Veep Vetters, Obama led a roundtable foreign policy discussion at Purdue University that included Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh and former Georgia senator Sam Nunn.
Nunn is a non-proliferation buff, while Bayh is a four-year veteran of Senate’s Armed Services committee (which is probably as close to the military as a Democrat gets!)
As you know, both would make great VEEPs for Obama. They were prominently seated as his “right hand” and “left hand” men at the table, which sparks some Veepstakes chatter. When asked, they responded…
Nunn: â€œI have never aspired to that office. Itâ€™s always nice to have your name mentioned, its an honor, but I have no expectations of being offered any office and Iâ€™m not in any way sitting on the edge of a chair ready to go back into governmentâ€¦Certainly I would talk to Senator Obama if he wanted to talk about it, but I think the chances of an offer are pretty slim and that I would have to do a lot of thinking and talk to my family and do a lot of reflecting about what was really the best role for me. Right now Iâ€™m doing a lot of work national security arena, with the foundation I chair and weâ€™re making some progress in some difficult areas so Iâ€™m not pining to go back into public office.â€
Bayh: â€œWell, I love serving the people of Indiana, and any questions about the vice presidential thing, I think, are understandable and itâ€™s good for my ego, but I should probably let Senator Obama and his campaign address those kind of questions.â€
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